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Parliament passes Children’s Amendment bill 2015

Children at Nsambya Babies' Home

Children at Nsambya Babies’ Home

Parliament has passed the private members bill known as the Children’s Amendment bill 2015. The bill was initiated by the shadow minister for children Affairs Bernard Atiku. The passed bill says that the adoption process of children shall take one year.
Under the Children’s Amendment bill 2015, legal guardianship has been limited to only Ugandan citizens. This bill if assented on by the president will require application for approval or disapproval of children homes to take a period of six months to avoid Bureaucracy. While contributing to the bill, the woman member of parliament for Sembabule Hanifa Kawooya says that adoption of kids is not only for the kids with no parents or found on streets but is applied to all. She told parliament that she has ever adopted twins belonging to a member of parliament whom she did not expose.
The woman member of parliament for Nasongola district who is also the chairperson Gender committee Margeret Komuhangi says that  there should be no delays in licensing children homes because when they are not approved in time they continue operating in their bad shape.

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